Police arrested 27 people in the southern district during a weekend operation targeting alcohol-related crime.
From 6pm to 6am on Friday and Saturday nights police in Southland and Otago increased their presence as part of the two-day Operation Unite campaign.
Officers increased foot and vehicle patrols, manned checkpoints to target drink- drivers, did compliance checks on licensed premises, enforced liquor bans and targeted alcohol offences in public.
About 2100 motorists in Southland and Otago were stopped and breath tested and 11 were processed for drink-driving.
There were 27 arrests during Operation Unite including 14 for disorderly behaviour and three for breaching liquor bans.
Of the 27 arrests in the two districts, 17 were in Invercargill, four of which were during the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting at Ascot Park for alcohol-related disorder, including an intoxicated 16-year-old.
Southland police carried out controlled purchase operations in which supervised volunteers aged between 15 and 17 attempted to buy alcohol from licensed premises.
Thirty premises in Southland and Otago were targeted, including 11 in Invercargill.
Four of them failed - two bars at the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting at Ascot Park, the Invercargill Working Men's Club and Pioneer Tavern at Edendale.
All four sold alcohol to a minor.
Inspector Olaf Jensen, of Invercargill police, said he was disappointed at the failures of the controlled purchased operation given the publicity about sellers' responsibility.
About 200 police staff throughout Southland and Otago were involved in the operation.
Of those, Southland police deployed 48 officers during the two days and were helped by the Murihiku Maori Wardens and the Invercargill Community Patrol.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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